The Best Mascaras, According To Beauty Influencers

Every cosmetic company tells you their mascara will give you the longest, fullest lashes. But let’s be honest: Not all mascaras can be the best.

It’s hard to know which mascaras will give you endless volume and which will give you clumpy, flaky lashes. So who you can trust when it comes to mascara recommendations? Beauty influencers. These influencers have made their career out of makeup and have tried most mascaras under the sun. We asked them to share their favorite mascaras to help you narrow down the best of the best.

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Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

With a fun and down-to-earth approach, Karissa Pukas attracts fans around the globe. Fans subscribe to Karissa’s social media for holistic lifestyle tips and plant-based recipes, along with pointers from her beauty regimen. Pukas said her favorite mascara is Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes. “Its volume building formula is divine — it easily gives you fluttery, doe-like lashes,” she said. Shop now for $29 at Sephora.

L'Oreal Telescopic

Korean-Canadian influencer Stephanie Ahn is well-versed in giving beauty recommendations. She consistently shares suggestions about beauty and fashion on her popular Instagram and YouTube platforms. “My absolute holy grail mascara is L'Oreal Telescopic,” she said. “I have been using it for more than 10 years and it has never failed me! If you want volume and length in your lashes, this is the mascara you need!” Shop now for $10.99 at Ulta.

KKW Beauty Mascara

Having a passion for all things beauty, Victor Ramos found his calling as a makeup influencer. His androgynous approach to makeup and fashion has garnered a devoted following on his Instagram account. With this platform, he unapologetically expresses his personality and influences his followers to be themselves. Ramos’ favorite mascara is KKW Beauty mascara. “It truly elongates and thickens my lashes,” he explained. Shop now for $18 at Ulta.

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

Hemali Mistry is an Indian Canadian content creator who specializes in beauty. She attracts many faithful followers on her Instagram account, Mistry confesses she can’t live without mascara, one of her go-to products. “I feel like throwing on some mascara always gives your face an instant lift and makes you look more awake. I especially love mascara because putting on false lashes can be such a pain.” One of Mistry’s favorites is Benefit BADgal BANG. She explained, “It gives the perfect amount of length and volume, basically making it look like you’re wearing falsies. I always get compliments on my lashes when I’m wearing it.” Shop now for $25 at Sephora.

Pat McGrath FetishEyes

Monica Veloz, better known as MonicaStyleMuse to her large following on Instagram, is a beauty content creator from Brooklyn. She also has a large YouTube following, where she showcases her Afro Latina roots and encourages her fans to be their authentic selves. Of Veloz’s favorite, Pat McGrath FetishEyes, she said, “It makes my lashes look super long and I never have to worry about clumpy lashes!” 
Shop now for $30 at Sephora.<br><br>
Also a fan of Pat McGrath FetishEyes Mascara is Nyma Tang, who uses it to blend into her false lashes. Tang is an Instagram influencer who uses her platform to promote beauty inclusivity. She also has a YouTube channel that reaches over 1 million followers. Just as important as mascara is finding a product she trusts to get all her makeup off. “As a girl that wears makeup very often and loves a full coverage beat, it is so important for me to take off my makeup appropriately at night,“ Tang explained, “I usually go in with an oil cleanser. Then to really get my eye makeup off, like mascara and liner and even lash glue, I use the Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. It gets rid of everything and I have been using it for over 3 years now!” Shop now for $30 at Macy's.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

A makeup influencer and professional makeup artist for the past six years, Kat Sketch is no stranger to the influencer scene. Sketch needs a trusty mascara since she has “pin straight, long eyelashes.” She also wears contact lenses and has many eye allergies, making a waterproof formula important for her, as her eyes to often water. Sketch uses L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise in the waterproof formula, but uses the regular formula on her clients. “The L'Oreal Voluminous mascara has been compared to many great and very expensive competitors, but I love this one more than them all,” she said. “It thickens my lashes without making them look clumpy and spidery. It lengthens and separates your lashes and is so affordable!” Shop now for $10.99 at Ulta.

Grande Cosmetics Lash Boosting Mascara

“I’m obsessed with the Grande Cosmetics mascara! It works wonders no matter what eyelashes you have. If you get worried about having short lashes this mascara makes them long and full,“ said Morgan Hanbery, best known as Careless Morgan, an Instagram and Youtube beauty guru known for her makeup spoofs and tutorials. “For the price of $25, it’s fully worth it. I love using it on my bottom lashes because it makes them look nice and not like spider legs! I recently started loving this mascara and it’s now my ride or die!” Shop now for $25 at Sephora.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Emmy-nominated celebrity makeup artist Erin B. Guth has a flourishing career because of her success with cosmetics. She is currently the department head of Disney's hit show “Bunk'd” and works on “The Voice.” When asked about her favorite mascara, Guth said, “There is a reason Too Faced Better Than Sex is a cult favorite and often requested by the actresses I work with,” she said. "Besides adorable packaging and catchy name, this mascara has a unique hourglass shape wand that helps dispense the rich, highly pigmented product to the lashes. It also creates beautiful volume.” Shop now for $25 on Ulta.

DiorShow Pump & Volume HD and Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

Sharing her passion for makeup and creativity by giving masterclasses across the world, Marika D’Auteuil is a makeup artist and global educator. She specializes in beauty, editorial and avant-garde looks. For a higher-end mascara, D’Auteuil recommended DiorShow Pump & Volume HD mascara because “it gives both volume and length without clumping or flaking. The lashes look natural, but volumized.” For those on a budget, she recommends Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara. “The heart-shaped brush that really reaches all the small lashes. It separates without clumping and is very affordable. It’s a classic in my kit,” she said. Shop DiorShow now for $29.50 at Sephora. Shop Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes now for $6.99 at Ulta.

RevitaLash Cosmetics Double Ended Volume Set Mascara

“I really love the RevitaLash Cosmetics Double Ended Volume Set Mascara," said Instagram influencer Amber V. Scott, the talent behind Love Amber Victoria, a blog dedicated to accessible fashion trends, beauty tips, and interior design. "It's super convenient because of the 2-in-1 lash primer and mascara duo, and it's cruelty free!” As an extra bonus, RevitaLash also has biotin in it, "which helps strengthen the lashes,” Scott said. Shop now for $34.50 on RevitaLash Cosmetics.

RevitaLash Cosmetics Double Ended Volume Set Mascara

“I really love the RevitaLash Cosmetics Double Ended Volume Set Mascara," said Instagram influencer Amber V. Scott, the talent behind Love Amber Victoria, a blog dedicated to accessible fashion trends, beauty tips, and interior design. "It's super convenient because of the 2-in-1 lash primer and mascara duo, and it's cruelty free!” As an extra bonus, RevitaLash also has biotin in it, "which helps strengthen the lashes,” Scott said. Shop now for $34.50 on RevitaLash Cosmetics.


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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 3,000<br>
Ratings: 3 stars<br>
Loves: 70,000<br>
Find it for $24 at Sephora. <br>
Promising Review: "I've heard wonders about this mascara, I decided to try it (w/ a travel size). It's my first high end mascara and I am quite impressed. I curled my lashes and applied this mascara, and the curl would last all day. No flaking or smudging."

Blinc Mascara

Reviews: 3,000<br>
Ratings: 4 stars<br>
Loves: 10,000<br>
Find it for $26 at Sephora.<br>
Promising Review: “I have been battling mascara’s for most of my life due to my oily skin and therefore in the middle of the day having black circles under my eyes. This is THE BEST mascara I have found. It stays absolutely put throughout the day and after a 26 hr call shift of working all night and day (I’m a resident doctor). By the morning of my call shift it is still in the same place - clean and proper. I have also noticed my lashes looking fuller and longer with it’s use. I’m now on my 4th tube and would never change.“

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 2,000<br>
Ratings: 4 stars<br>
Loves: 20,000<br>
Find it for $30 at Sephora.<br>
Promising Review: “I have many mascaras but Diorshow is the one I go to when I want to turn up! I love that the formula isn’t thick, clumpy or sticky, it’s smooth, light-weight and just glides over my lashes. The brush has a million bristles so it literally coats every single lash evenly. Yes the brush is a bit plump. So it may not work so well for those with extremely hooded eyes."

TARTE Lights, Camera, Splashes™ Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 1,000 <br>
Ratings: 4.5 stars<br>
Loves: 20,000 <br>
Find it for $23 at Sephora.<br>

Promising Review: “I bought this mascara by recommendation of the sales person and I’m so glad! I LOVE it! I have VERY oily skin, and eye lids and nothing sticks. I just moved to the beach and it my makeup runs even more. With Tarte’s mascara the I’ve used only twice, I no longer have to worry about raccoon eyes. It stays put, holds a curl, the wand pulls from the base of my lashes creating greath length. Another plus is it doesn’t clump."

BUXOM Lash Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

Reviews: 500<br>
Ratings: 4 stars<br>
Loves: 10,000 <br>
Find it for $22 at Sephora.<br>
Promising Review: “I’ve tried so many waterproof mascaras that never stood up to my oily eyelids, the wind, rain or unexpected tearing of the eyes. Then came Buxom’s waterproof mascara and it was an immediate hit. My eyes get so watery when it’s very windy, and it tears up easily as well, and this mascara doesn’t budge."

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 300<br>
Ratings: 4 stars<br>
Loves: 8,000<br>
Find it for $19 at Sephora.<br>

Promising Review: “This stuff Does. Not. Budge. Without exaggeration, in one day I cried, sweated, showered, and surfed with this on, and there was still a lot of mascara to be removed at the end of the day. I turned to my man throughout the day and asked him if my undereye was black and he was like, “Why are you asking me that?” Flaking is very minimal and I’ve yet to find a waterproof that does not flake at all. It comes off easily with most removers I have tried."

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 400<br>
Ratings: 4 stars<br>
Loves: 6,000<br>
Find it for $25 at Sephora. <br>
Promising Review: “Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof mascara is awesome! I wore it yesterday, and spent most of the day outside in extremely high heat and humidity. I was even misted in the face with water! The mascara never budged, flaked, ran or smudged a single time!"

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

Reviews: 90 <br>
Ratings: 4 stars <br>
Loves: 5,000 <br>
Find it for $31 at Sephora. <br>

Promising Review: “I’m always skeptical. I have very long lashes and that means that during a workout or on a hot/humid day, I inevitably end up with mascara smudges on my brow bone just below my eyebrows. Decided to give this a try and so far, it’s my new favorite mascara. After a 90 minute, high intensity martial arts work out, this stuff has not budged. Goes on a nice dark black and comes off with baby oil or waterproof make up remover. Definitely will purchase this mascara from now on.“

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

Reviews: 815 <br>
Ratings: 4 stars <br>
Loves: 10,000 <br>
Find it for $20 at Sephora. <br>
Promising Review: “I bought this mascara to wear in labor (sounds weird, but I have blonde lashes and wanted to at least have some mascara on in my first pictures with baby). I had a drug-free delivery, including laboring in the shower and the tub...and lots of sweating. I was a hot mess when it was over, but my lashes (and baby!) were perfect. The nurses even commented on how good my lashes looked. This stuff does not budge!“

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